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Chad Lambourne
Policy Review Coordinator
, Salt Lake Community College

How long have you been involved with higher education policy administration?

I’m entirely new to higher education. July 1 was my second anniversary with the college. I’m looking forward to many more years in higher ed.

What drew you to working in higher education?

When I was nearing retirement from my first career–a Salt Lake City police officer–I went to night school at Salt Lake Community College, where I received an associate degree in paralegal studies. I thought at the time that was going to be the extent of my higher education experience, but I always wanted a bachelor’s degree. After nearly a decade as a paralegal, the stars aligned, and I was able to go back to school and finish a degree in writing and rhetoric studies at the University of Utah. I fell in love with the higher education environment. A couple of weeks after I graduated, Salt Lake Community College advertised a position as the school’s policy coordinator. I leaped at the opportunity to remain in the higher education environment, particularly at a school I once attended.

Why did you become an ACUPA member? What are you looking forward to from your membership?

The position didn’t exist before I joined the college. While interviewing candidates, my supervisor did some research and found ACUPA. Shortly after I started, she told me that I was joining.

While I have started to get a handle on our policy writing and review process, I’m excited to learn from everyone else’s experience, the process, things people do to make it smoother, and what others do to make their school’s policies better.

What are the main policy issues you are working on right now?

As I’m sure most schools are, revising our Title IX policy to comply with the new regulations. It’s proving challenging; even though the preamble and the new regulations are over 2000 pages, it doesn’t give clear guidance on many possibilities that the Department of Education didn’t anticipate.

Give us one fun fact about your institution.

SLCC has 10 campuses in the Salt Lake Valley that serve over 60,000 students.

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